Home is a place where you can be yourself and are the most comfortable. It doesn’t then matter if it is owned or rented. However, rented homes for most are temporary situations; for maybe two, five or even ten years. It would make sense if you didn’t wish to spend a fortune in making the place feel yours. Most rental apartments are not exactly in top-notch conditions. And after making the basic repairs, people are seldom left with enough capital for home decor. Listed below are 10 ideas for rental home décor

1. Artworks and fabric wall hangings

If you have managed to get the walls repainted to your liking, all you are left with is adding a bit of colour here and there. Consider hanging artworks or fabric wall hangings. Most apartments will already have a few nails in the walls which you can use. If not, you can also add a few but do request permission first. For warmer hues, consider adding bamboo frames that work with most minimalist design styles.

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2. Wallpapers to hide those ugly patches

If you are unable to get the whole place repainted at once, you can cover up the walls with wallpapers of your liking. You can also get creative and use it in a pattern instead of covering up the whole wall. It’ll also save you some money while looking unique and creative. Removable wallpapers are also a good option for those who move around a lot or just like to change things up once in a while. 

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3. Calming greens 

Indoor plants are a great way to make any place feel homely and pleasant. You also have a variety of planters to choose from or you can even make some from cheap locally sourced earthen pots. Artificial plants are also a great option for those who do not have the time or sufficient natural light to maintain plants. If you have a balcony, adding a green wall will transform the place into a lively one. You can either grow a real one or have an artificial one fixed. 

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4. Lamps to liven up

Good lighting truly transforms a space. Table lamps, desk lamps or even standalone lamps liven up a space. With a lot of simple lamps and lampshades in the market, you have a variety to choose from. They can be placed anywhere and can be easily transported when you choose to move. You can also use colourful lampshades that don’t cost a lot but add a whole new look to your space. And if you have a quiet corner in your balcony, use perforated lampshades that create beautiful patterns of light on your walls. 

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5. Wall stickers

If you do not wish to put up wallpapers over your walls, you can opt for wall stickers which add a colourful touch to your space. You can easily peel them off should you wish to change the décor. 3D wall stickers are also a good option to add dynamism to a space. 

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6. Rented furniture

Staying on the subject of furniture, you can also rent furniture online. That way you have what suits your needs best and can return it when you move. This will also save up travel costs or the hassle of selling it later. For those who like to change furniture after a while, this is a great cost and material saving system. 

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7. Curtains 

Most rented apartments come with curtain holders. Make use of those to the full extent by adding bright curtains that liven up those plain walls. Curtains create a nice texture and are also easy to maintain. You can easily find some at a low cost and have multiple options. 

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8. Foldable and Stackable storage bins

Stores like Ikea offer such kinds of storage options that are lightweight and very useful. You can use these to store just about anything. These are especially useful if you do not wish to spend money on a dresser or a wardrobe. You can either stack them on top of each other or push them under your bed. Most of these can be folded up and stored when not in use. They will help you in organizing and maintaining your home. 

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9. Standalone swing chairs

Most places do not have hooks for indoor swing chairs. These can be used in your balcony or next to a large window. You can also use one in your living room should you choose to. These are not very heavy and can easily be moved to another room or transported later. You can also find some that can be rented.

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10. Artificial or dried flowers

Flowers add texture to the whole setup. And dried flowers require very little maintenance. There are also many decorative wall hangings made using artificial flowers. They are washable and the good ones look realistic. You can create a nice green space using just these right in your living room. They are durable when not placed under direct sunlight and can be easily replaced. A cascade of artificial or dried flowers in a gloomy corner paired with a string of fairy lights creates a perfect reading corner. 


Sanika Palnitkar is an architect who loves to read. She finds science fiction fascinating and one of the reasons for joining architecture. Other than that, she prefers reading or watching thrillers, mysteries, adventures or fantasies (nerd stuff). Learning new software is another one of her hobbies.

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